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#1 Burned Phoenix

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 11:46 AM

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Microsoft has made Windows 8.1 available in Windows Store as a free download for the Windows 8 users. Windows 8 users will see a notification in the Windows Store with a prompt to upgrade to Windows 8.1. The free updates comes with a lot of new features such as deeply integrated SkyDrive with placeholder files, enhanced Bing apps and Smart Search, re-sizable Start Screen tiles with some bundled apps.

 

Retail (boxed) copies of Windows 8.1 will be available for $119.99 for the "core" version and $199.99 for the Professional version.

 

If you are running Windows 8.1 Preview then keep it in mind, upgrading to 8.1 will remove all installed apps and settings but you can follow this guide for keeping your settings and apps intact. Upgrading from Windows 8 RTM to 8.1, on the other hand, saves all the settings.



#2 Vegetto

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:09 PM

Windows 8.1 System Requirements

 

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Free hard drive space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver



#3 R@6271M3

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:37 PM

Downloading now! :D



#4 Villain

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:37 PM

I dont see it in the Windows store yet, what is the name so that i can  search for it?    this may be a staged roll-out...



#5 maac

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:25 PM

KMS activated Windows can't update from the store it seems. 



#6 Shaun of the Seven

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 02:25 PM

Windows update "KB2871389" (x86 | x64) is required before upgrading to Windows 8.1. Install it and then launch Windows Store again.



#7 maac

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:02 PM

Nope, I got it already.



#8 Guyver01

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:25 PM

For those out of USA you can still start 8.1 Update trougth this Microsoft Website

 

http://windows.micro...us/windows/home

 

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#9 celeron

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:48 PM

KMS activated Windows can't update from the store it seems. 

 

I think i have the same issue.. I got the update "KB2871389" and its already install.. But still I can't see update in windows store.. Help us anyone...  



#10 WinTunes

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 04:20 PM

Installed! I had to update my graphics drivers again but it was a seamless experience overall. There are tons of new stuff to play with. :D



#11 K.L.Devine

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 05:03 PM

I love the snapped views for the apps and the new SkyDrive sync. Great job Microsoft!



#12 Ultimate John

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:11 PM

Yep,  SkyDrive and Skype integration is nice.



#13 CAS91572

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:28 PM

How long did the download take? Mine is going slowly 



#14 ThunderROM

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 08:20 PM

How long did the download take? Mine is going slowly 

It is 3.5 GB. :)



#15 Frylock86

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 08:43 PM

Updated all 3 of my machines! Loving the new Metro Start Screen! :D



#16 CAS91572

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 02:05 AM

Finally updated! I too am loving the new start screen! :D



#17 Chrominator

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 08:39 AM

There are plenty of improvements for the desktop users too. Loving this update so far. :)



#18 molotovich

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 05:48 PM

Yup, took quite the while to install, probably because of the worldwide asking of the update, took almost 6 hours to download on DSL (for comparison, windows 8 took 1 hour to download the night before)

 

Did a clean windows 8 install, then did the 73 updates (65 critical, then another 8 after that) and then the windows 8.1 appeared on the store...

 

- Sorry, I cant make a "wow everything is so wonderful now" post, I have been using 8.1 preview since day one XD

 

-- What I can say, I like the "tutorials" that show you how to actually use the hot corners



#19 Miguel Araujo

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 05:24 PM

Downloading now Thanks



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